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New guidance on social value and the Compact published

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Compact Voice has published a new guide which provides an easy-to-understand overview of social value and the Public Services (Social Value) Act. 
The guide provides practical case studies and actions for commissioning authorities and voluntary organisations to take, as well as explaining what is covered by the Social Value Act, how it relates to the Compact, how to demonstrate social value and create a strategy for doing so.

Chris Frost posthumously awarded an MBE

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Chris Frost, who sadly passed away in November, was posthumously awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours List. Chris was a long standing member of Compact Voice's board and was a passionate advocate of partnership working and the voluntary sector.

Compact Voice write to Francis Maude about recent consultation timeframes

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Simon Blake OBE, chair of Compact Voice, has written to the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude. The letter highlights that despite government's continued commitment to encouraging open and transparent decision making, several recent consultations have contradicted this. 

We have published the letter online, which encourages government to engage meaningfully when consulting, and offers a number of solutions to encourage this.

Latest e-newsletter published

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Our latest e-newsletter has now gone out, and can be accessed here.

Previous issues of the newsletter are available at - where you can also sign up to receive it. Doing so is quick and easy and you can one-click unsubscribe at any time.

Compact Awards 2013 Shortlist announced

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Compact Voice have published a booklet containing all of the shortlisted entries for the 2013 Compact Awards. This year's shortlisted nominations are particularly strong, showcasing partnership working from right across England. 

New legal advice line for NAVCA members

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NAVCA is relaunching its Public Law support service for members facing disputes arising from decisions or actions taken by public authorities.

Funding announced for voluntary organisations working in health and social care

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The Department of Health have made funding available to voluntary organisations that work to improve health and social care in England.

Have your say on Cabinet Office's draft action plan on open data and open government

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The Cabinet Office's Open Government Partnership are encouraging feedback on the draft action plan ‘From Open Data to Open Government’.

Department of Health respond to our query about short consultation times

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Compact Voice recently wrote to the Department of Health querying the short timeframe for their consultation into migrant access to the NHS. We asked for clarification about the process of engagement after concerns were raised by one of our members.

Read the response from the Department of Health here.

Government's first Social Value Ambassador appointed

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It has been announced today that Chris White MP will become the government's first Social Value Act ambassador.

White, who authored the original Act, will be working closely with Local Authorities and the voluntary sector to raise awareness of the Public Services (Social Value) Act, which came into force earlier this year.

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